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Why We Dance: A Philosophy of Bodily Becoming

Kimerer LaMothe


Within intellectual paradigms that privilege mind over matter, dance has long appeared as a marginal, derivative, or primitive art. Drawing support from theorists and artists who embrace matter as dynamic and agential, this book offers a visionary definition of dance that illuminates its constitutive work in the ongoing evolution of human persons. It introduces a philosophy of bodily becoming that posits bodily movement as the source and telos of human life. Within this philosophy, dance appears as an activity that humans evolved to do as the enabling condition of their best bodily becoming. W ... More

Keywords: dance, art, lived experience, human consciousness, ritual proclivity, ecological adaptability, compassion, bodily becoming

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780231171052
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231171052.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kimerer LaMothe, author